The furnace is leaking again.
Mommy, a boy asked me 'out'.
"You're mumbling." (absent minded look)
I've lost 8 lbs. How about you?
"Huh? I can't hear you!" (loudly, confused)
We need more volunteers.
"WHAT??" (hand cupped behind ear)
It might be the onset of menopause.
"STOP MUMBLING! I CAN'T UNDERSTAND A WORD YOU'RE SAYING." (exasperated, but completely rational and NOT behaving like an olympic gold medalist in the bipolar competition)
See? It's an all-purpose answer. Now you try.